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obama's comments on the situation, but we begin with correspondent mike tobin live in madison. good evening. >> reporter: capital grounds are swarming with people, putting pressure on scott walker. 14 democrats, however, are missing. those are the state senators that crossed state lines to prevent passage of the budget repair bill. components of the weakened collective bargaining the essence of union strength. >> this is what a governor gets when he threatens the power of the union. >> in a state where teachers' salaries and benefits total to more than $87,000 per year, 2.7% higher than the national average they understand the need to ante up for health care and a pension but the collective bargain they say is untouchable. >> i'm still willing to take the pay cuts but what i'm scared about we don't know where it will end. because all of our protection electing gone. >> scott walker wants the state legislature to pass a bill that would end the collective bargaining rights for public employees and in turn, increase their healthcare and pension payments. he says it will help ease the s
're looking live at the white house where in a few minutes, president obama is expected to make a statement about the situation in egypt. the streets of egypt is filled with a mixture of celebration and frustration at this hour this video is believed to be the first violence of the day in alexandria. you can see the protesters here throwing rocks and tanks moving about. after the announcement by president hosni mubarak that he will leave office, but not until later this year. trillion i did notrillion i >> i did not intend to run for a third term because i spent my life serving egypt, but now, i am completely keen on concluding my work for the nation in a fashion that guarantees passing responsibility and flag in safe egypt to preserve the constitution and legitimacy. >> glenn: the promise culminates a week of massive protest around the country. with ebegin our coverage with cargreg palkot live in the egyptian capital it's good morning there, greg. >> reporter: hey, bret. if mubarak was hoping for endorsement from the street, he didn't get it. watching the statement on a jumbo tv screen, th
been shaken in the region with these pro- democracy protests. >> it is the first veto by the obama administration, but to many people, it looked like american business as usual, really. >> you had the administration coming in and promising better relations with the muslim world. you also had president obama, his rhetoric -- very strongly, lately, behind the pro-democracy demonstrators, behind the rule of law in the arab world. that was his rhetoric that the arab protesters world, but the decisive action he has taken that b.c. is to defend israel in the security council on an issue like settlements, where, frankly, the united states was very isolated. there were 14 votes for the resolution. that is everybody else on the security council. the resolution was co-sponsored by some 130 countries. there's almost no other issue there is greater consensus, and americans stood out today as being isolated in their veto of the resolution. >> many thanks for that. the bbc has obtained new information that questions whether mi5 could have done more to prevent the london bombings in 2005. the inq
to the present sharia law and leadership of the, of the ayatollahs. >> how has president obama done handling the middle eastern sense? >> i think he's done quite well the last three weeks in handling the egyptian situation. at first, he and the secretary of state and the vice president were saying that mubarak was our friend, that we needed to have stability and that someday there might be a change there, and we trusted mubarak to make the changes. that was the first series of statements made by the president and all of his subordinates. but as the teems changed from -- times changed from one week to another, they became more and more supportive of the dissidents who were demonstrating against mubarak and then, finally, the president announced that he wanted to see the changes made to a democracy and freedom now. and that's when mubarak responded very angrily that he wouldn't respond to outside pressure. so i would, i would say that in general that obama has handled egypt very well, about the same way i would have handled it the same way if i were in office. [laughter] i probably would have
about what the obama's administration is, at times they are saying mubarak they want him to transition out and now a special envoy that visits the region says not so fast. what are you hearing there? >> the message certainly has changed in flavor, perhaps in total to be quite honest. we just saw a special envoy frank lisner -- whirt ner, obama they want a full removal of mubarak. they say it's crucial that they stage the transition. dramatically different what we were hearing. he says he believes increasingly they will be an orderly transition to democracy. >> i therefore believe that president mubarak's continued leadership is critical, it's his opportunity write his own legacy. >> reporter: now speaking if munich, secretary of state hillary clinton has today said that the transition pro said led by omar suleiman must be supported. officials are quick to say she doesn't mean that there is any u.s. support for the vice president to have a new role in the new government come the elections that are planned for later this year. they are not trying to endorse anybody in particular but by s
. the number has grown to 733 businesses and unions that have received waivers for the obama care law. here's the problem, megyn. you good to the website, and you call it up and you see unions after unions, indiana u.f.c. local, united crafts benefits, united food, and then you come to the sciu. they have three waivers. here's a group that gave $27 million for mr. obama when he was running for president back in 2008. also, were the most vocal supporters for obama care during the debate and now they're asking for health care waivers for their own groups. 40% of the 733 names on this list are unions. that while only around 11% to 12% of the work force is unionized. let's call it overwhelmingly more popular on this list than the businesses. megyn: isn't that because of the mini med programs they offer? it started to unfold with companies like mcdonald's saying, we give them healthcare, but it's not big medical programs. and they would be penalized in a way that would make them choose getting rid of the policies or paying tons of dough. >> absolutely. megyn: the way i put it more nefari
that the departure of president mubarak will happen. he will leave. but the big question is whether obama and the u.s. administration have the end game in place. do they know what will happen the minute he leaves? do they know who will fill the vacuum? this is no gain. i know everybody is watching it on television, but it's not a movie. it's real life. and these are real people. and this is a very, very volatile and very unpredictable region. and we want to make sure that whatever happens in egypt next is for the best for the egyptain people and the stability of the region. this could be mubarak's last weekend, but it could be egypt's last weekend of stability. and i think that this should be managed cautiously, gradually and carefully to assure that when mubarak leaves, there is a credible regime in place, which will, indeed, bring the egyptain people the democracy and freedom that they wish and they deserve. megyn: more and more some are focusing on elbaradei, who was a u.n. weapons' inspector that went into iran. he said there was nothing to worry about. when he got out, other weapons' inspector
will ask our sunday group could president obama do more to topple qadaffi? and our power players of the week. taking on the leaders in iran by making fun of them. all right now on "fox news sunday." >> chris: and hello again from fox news in washington. as states struggle with huge budget gaps and take on public workers our first guest has become the new it boy of american politics. mitch daniels of indiana is being celebrated for turning deficits in surpluses and adding jobs and some are saying he should be the republican nominee for president next year. governor daniels joins us now. welcome back to "fox news sunday." >> thank you, chris. >> chris: and what is going on there is you just had rotator cuff surgery and you will not be ready for spring training. >> ju are in thtrain. >> you are in the middle of a stand offy house democrats. they first said that they were fighting against the right to work law which is now dead and now they say they are fighting against 1 othe 11 other bills e agenda. are you prepared to make a deal to get the house democrats back to indiana. >> no,
to transform not only lives but transform the systems because the systems need to be healing systems. as obama says, we need to start uttering healing words. president obama said that at the tucson memorial. we have to start uttering healing words to one another instead of wounding words. what we are trying to do is create systems -- school systems and juvenile justice system is that he'll instead of juvenile justice systems and school systems that continue to wound our youth. >> can i just say something about the systems of discipline in schools? so that before it even gets to the place where it is an issue, is that those systems definitely need changing. the question that parents need to ask when they have been told that their child has been involved in some misbehavior is to ask what was happening? what were the conditions? what were the circumstances? what were the antecedence that led to this behavior? because if we do not fix those, we will seed the systems you talk about. [applause] it is amazing how many young people can be turned back from negative behavior if the situation is appropr
in new york, hoping their solidarity will force mubarak to resign. the obama administration has not pushed for mubarak to immediately step down. >> his continued leadership is critical. it's his opportunity to write his own legacy. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton also spoke on the crisis while attending an international security crisis. she says it's important egyptian leaders demonstrate an orderly transition is underway to keep the middle east stable. cbs news. >>> vice-president joe biden called egypt's vice-president today stressing the need for a concrete agenda for reform. sarah palin is openly blasting the obama administration's handling of the crisis in egypt. she says obama needs to tell americans what he knows about who will be egypt's next leader. protesters in egypt are getting support here in the streets. hundreds marched from the egyptian embassy to the white house. the crowds were trying to get their message out. >> reporter: for the hundreds of protesters who came out to the north lawn earlier today, the message was a simple one. restore democrac
obama condemning moammar gadhafi's attacks on protesters and his vow to execute his enemies. the unrest, the violence and the threats exploding in libya this week. gadhafi acting and sounding as defiant and as dangerous as ever. the libyan leader appeared yesterday before seemingly supportive crowds in tripoli where his opponents have been largely scared off the streets. but outside the capitol opposition forces have been gaining ground moving closer and closer to gadhafi's power center. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is one of the few reporters inside libya. he's been in the midst of the protests in libya's second largest city benghazi. [ chant [ speaking in foreign language ] ♪ si [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: this demonstration in benghazi gives you an idea of the passion of the people of this city, the passion of so many libyans who have been thirsting for 42 years for this sort of opportunity, the chance to express themselves freely. [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: we arrived in this city. and from the beginning, everywhere we w
election they ever see. we heard from robert gibbs that president obama has not called any middle east leader today including israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu. what do you make of that? >>guest: that the president clearly does not fad how delicate this situation is across the middle east and, also, how he is absolutely oblivious to the fact that the actions of the past two weeks have given israel a sense they are completely on their own. they feel abandoned. all the way to the left wing press in israel for longer saying that the united states is an yourly -- ally we can count on, they say the united states is a fair weather friend. >> are you saying president obama should have come out and said, hosni mubarak, we did not like you but you better stay, it is in our interests you stay. >>guest: no, no, he did not have to encourage mubarak to stay but what he did not need do was emasculate mubarak which you cannot do. he could have helped hip -- him save face and say it does not look like you will be able to stay. we will try to help you as we can but we cannot help you stay when
and 15 other people in his inner circle to face international travel bans. president obama calling on the leader to leave saying he has lost his legitimacy. you now know the news as fox reports this saturday, february 26, 2011. glad you were along. have a great saturday night. "huckabee" is now. >> ladies and gentlemen, governor mike huckabee. >> hello, everybody. welcome. welcome to "h huckabee" from the news studios in new york city. this week, president obama ordered the justice department to stop defending the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage across state lines. how is that going over with two of the biggest constituencies that got him elected? we will find out. also, have you heard about the muslim brotherhood being involved in the middle east uprisings? is this group also infiltrating the united states. and one is a drammy winning christian contemporary and gospel music star. the other a hard rocker. and former guitarist for the metal band korn and you couldn't think they had anything in common by looking at them. they do. michael w. smith and brian
and the obama administration seizing the moment. now issuing an urgent new call for democracy in iran. could the government of ahmadinejad be the next to fall in the middle east? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a defiant moammar gadhafi is refusing to acknowledge any signs of political turmoil in his country. in interviews with the bbc and abc news reported today that gadhafi fiercely denied using force against his own people. >> they love me. all my people are with me. they love me owl. they will die to protect me and my people. no, no, no. >> if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and they say they are against you there? >> my people, they come from outside. >> he was referring to al qaeda. meanwhile, the u.s. treasury department has announced it's freezing at least $30 billion in libyan government assets here in the united states. it's reportedly the largest amount ever blocked under any sanctions program. we're covering this story from every angle on the ground as only the global resources of cnn can. let's go to our senior international c
. host: thank you for your call. earmjarks if they are not made in congress, does obama get to direct spending? back-to-back "the new york times. next is a caller from dallas, texas, good morning, independent line. caller: is this for me? good morning. i don't have too much to said. i have a comment. i just want to say that i don't know too much about these politics. the question i have is why is everything having to do with the poor have to be cut concerning how the poor. i believe that people want to work and we need jobs here in america. this is like our birthright of america has been deeded over to foreigners. this is our country first. it is not that they are not welcome here. you want to believe that the president has a heart, that he is cutting the most important things. you just don't know with the gop power and the conservative people that are constantly on him. for those who are tired of the poor, let us have the training to have the wall street jobs. i'm sure it would not take too much to catch on making lots of money. thank you very much. host: here is another point -- nex
asked about that honor. >> i think it's a real honor. when obama called me about it, i was thrilled and i consider the medal of freedom a very special thing. i don't know whether the american people do so i'll be up there getting my little thing, the rosette for the lapel. >> the medal of freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. mr. bush will receive the award on february 15th at the white house. and those are the headlines. congratulations. >> that's awful nice. >> the ongoing crisis in egypt continues as now there's a general strike over there and now the protesters who were told to go away are fanning out to the parliament building as well as the health and human services building. now, more behind the scenes, back channel talks are being exposed and confirmed by the white house that shows the saudi king essentially firing a verbal warning shot to president obama. >> that's right. ford and you're looking live at pictures of the people in the streets right now in cairo. four days after the people took to the streets, apparently the king of saudi arabia called barack obama
, where rebels do seem to have control of that part of libya. president obama meets with ban ki-moon. everything that they say from here on out they want international cover particularly from the united nations. >> we'll keep an eye on it, if we can get the shot up from tripoli we'll get it to you for sure. >>> back in washington, lawmakers are walking into a political cooker. both parties are weighing a republican plan to keep things up and running for a few more weeks. kelly o don cell -- who blinked? harry reid or john baner? >> it's almost a combination of both because what boehner did is he emphasized some of the cuts the president has said he wanted to make, very tough for democrats to go against that. so many people are looking at this and saying that republicans kind of have the edge here on this because they're going to get what they wanted, cutting $4 billion for two weeks. that's a pro-rated amount of what they're looking for and it gives democrats a chance to say that republicans came to their side with some of the cuts. there are democrats who believe these cuts are
against libya. this, while president obama for the first time called for moammar gadhafi to step down. here in the bay area demonstrators gathered at the u.n. plaza in san francisco. we'll have the latest. >>> the close call a pilot had today after his plane crashed just after taking off from the palo alto airport. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. snow fell in parts of the bay area today, but nothing like the forecast called for. well, now the temperatures are headed down again. we have team coverage on this cold snap. kimberly terry tells us house nurseries are preparing for all this. but we check in first with rob mayeda. >> record-breaking temperatures early this morning. 20s out in san rafael, 28 degrees, napa 27, 34 in oakland and 35 at sfo airport. it was around twin peaks in san francisco we had the dusting of snow overnight. even around san jose, early in the morning, but mainly just some rain. but notice what happened during the day today. we had pretty intense showers rolling through. morgan hill and san martin. brent canon reporting show
obama announcing economic sanctions against the regime saying the united states will freeze billions of dollars in government assets. the economic vice may get tighter. the united nations is holding a weekend session and they are debating a resolution that would impose their own sanctions. julie banderas is covering that angle. >> julie: they are honing to get a vote while there is a broad support for a draft resolution to impose international sanctions against muammar khadafy's government. some countries remain split over whether to refer the issue to the rarely used international criminal court. at a closed-door meeting, china right now is the only country still objecting to an immediate icc referral which would include an investigation of crimes against humanity committed by khadafy against his people since february 15th. the crackdown has resulted in the killings of at least a thousand civilians. meantime, the u.n. resolution was drafted by u.k. and france that would include an arms embargo freezing assets and a travel ban against khadafy, his family and top lieutenant commanders
in libya. and we'll ask our sunday group could president obama do more to topple moammar qaddafi? and our power players of the week taking on the leaders in iran by making fun of them. all right now on "fox news sunday." and hello again from fox news in washington. as states struggle with huge budget gaps and take on public workers, our first has become the new it boy of republican politics. republican governor mitch daniels of indiana is being celebrated for turning deficits into surpluses. he should be the republican nominee for president next year some say. governor daniels joins us. welcome back to "fox news sunday." >> thank you, chris. >> chris: we need to say what's goods obligor therein you had rotator cuff surgery and not going to be ready for spring training. >> all the jokes have been made. >> chris: you are in the middle of a standoff right now with house democrats who have crossed state democrats in illinois and blocking any action in the legislature. they first said that they were fighting against a right-to-work law which is now dead. now they say they are fighting against
with us. was it not a response -- was it not a mistake for president obama to call for change and to call for change now? what we have seen unfold is a result of what some would say is things happening too quickly. >> his calls for change were well calibrated to the different demands, the demands of the people in the streets as well as what the united states wants. he has been criticized extensively in washington by advocates for democracy and the has -- advocates for democracy that he has not gone far enough. >> the problem with america trying to influence events -- i've heard this time and time again, especially from pro- democracy supporters. america's record, from their point of view, is not great. after all, they've supported this man for the better part of 30 years. >> that's right. that is now a consistent complaint and it has a lot of valid points. again, there's a broader context that this relationship has grown out of the peace treaty between israel and egypt and the u.s. bankrolls that treaty. obviously, it has developed a deep relationship with egypt with the military, with th
. president obama said the sanctions would target the assets of colonel qaddafi, members of his family and the libyan government while at the same time protect the interest of the libyan people. britain and france have drafted the u.n. security council resolution, which calls for an arms embargo as well as multilateral sanctions. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in new york. the timing was important because the president waited until the evacuation of all u.n. nationals from libya before imposing sanctions. >> that was a concern for the united states and some other european countries who have quite a lot of nationals in libya to be seen to be taking strong action while their citizens were still at risk in the country. now president obama has formalized what his officials announced earlier today, which is the position of financial sanctions, particularly they are freezing the assets and the property of libyan individuals and government in the united states. so the individuals include the family members of colonel mumetar qaddafi, senior liberal officials designated by the u.s. treas
late today. >>> president obama will lead a forum with small business owners at cleveland state university this hour. we will listen to see what the president might say about libya or the deaths of the four americans killed by pirates. >>> the earthquake damage in new zealand, it is horrific. all you have to do is just take a look. this building collapses onto a street. at least 65 people are confirmed dead in christchurch but that number is expected to rise. much of the city is in ruins. the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck during lunchtime. dazed, bleeding residents were walking in the streets strewn with debris and concrete. several people are trapped. we heard from one woman who was waiting to be rescued. >> i hope someone knows i'm here. sigh suppose they do. >> you said earlier it sounded like rescuers were coming. >> yes. there are other people on other floors, and they are trying to get up and get everyone out. i just have to wait. >> yes, yes. what goes through your mind? >> oh, well, a couple hours ago, i thought i'd had it. i said good-bye, and i managed to wiggle a bi
, could the president obama do more to topple muammar qaddafi? and our power players of the week. taking on the leaders in iran, by taking fun of them, all, right now, on fox news. and hello, again from fox news in washington. as states struggle with huge budget gaps and take on public workers, our first guest has become the new "it" boy of american politics, republican governor mitch daniels of indiana is being celebrated for turning deficits in surpluses and adding jobs and some say he should be the republican nominee for president, next year. welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thank you. >> chris: we need to say what is going on, you had rotator cuff surgery and will not be ready tor spring training. >> all the right wing jokes have been made, so... >> chris: all right, you are -- skutz me, in the middle of a stand off now with house democrats who have crossed state lines that are inside illinois, and, are blocking any action in the legislature and first said they were fighting against the right to work law which is dead and now are fighting against 11 other bills on the agenda. ques
for the e-mail. anything else, rob? >> on a lighter note, scott says i love to get up early to see obama say obama, pennsylvania, super bowl. >> that's a pretty good e-mail. i would declare that e-mail to be a -- thanks very much. guess what? the event you've been waiting for, "morning joe" starts right now. >> they're called to fix what was broken in our world. a call rooted in faith. is what led me just a few years out of college to sign up as a community organize r for a grou of churches on the south side of chicago. it was through that experience working with pastors and lay people, trying to heal the wounds of hurting neighborhoods that i came to know jesus christ for myself. and embrace him as my lord and savior. >> we pray that violence in egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the egyptian people will be realized. and that a better day will dawn over egypt and throughout the world. >> all right. we're going straight to cairo. live pictures out of tahrir square where hundreds of thousands of protesters are gathering right now for what they hope will be a day of departur
. gloria, the conventional wisdom has it that the government shutdown would help president obama politically, like the one back in '95 helped bill clinton politically. does that conventional wisdom hold in this case given the mood of the country. >> well, you know, at this point, i think what voters voted for is the congress and the president to work together and get something done, wolf, and if you go to the brink on this and you have a government shutdown, sure, perhaps president obama and democrats could benefit a bit from it, but overall, independent voters do not like this brinksmanship. they want it to end. that's what they vote for. you know, when they voted democrats out of office, it wasn't a mandate for the republicans per se. it was a mandate to get something done, so i actually think it's in neither side's interest right now to shut this government down, and it sounds like, if you listen, the leaders of both parties and the president don't want to do it. i think the wild card here, wolf, are the 87 new republican house freshman who may say -- who may not have been thr
, policy priorities, have been completely upset by this development. the obama administration came into office two years ago planning to work on israeli- palestinian peace, planning to engage with iran to try to prevent the emergence of iran as a nuclear power and frankly, it had no interest in what it saw as the failed freedom agenda of george bush. what we now see is that these demands for change in the region for democratic governments in the region have forced a's selves onto obama a agenda. he has chosen wisely to get on the right side of this and to be in favor of the spread of democracy and human rights in the region. i think the administration is playing catch up. they are trying very much to show they were on top of these issues all along and were in favor of these things all along, but to be honest, there was not much attention and much priority given to these issues to what was happening inside arab countries and change that might be coming from inside arab countries. there was not much attention given to that at all. over the last couple of years. the two other issues t
. in the meantime, the president of our country, president obama, he went to the air waves last night for a very short speech with an update on the situation in egypt. listen to this. and then we'll discuss the meaning of the word now. >> now, it is not the role of any other country to determine egypt's leaders. only the egyptian people can do that. what is clear and what i indicated tonight to president mubarak is belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful and must be peaceful and it must begin now. >> what does now mean? does that mean today or does it mean the september election? not clear. >> they talked about 30 minute and said in july, i'm not going to -- in september, i'm not going to run again. in august, i'll retire and he indicated his son is not going to be next. when he said his son was going to be next, that's when the people of egypt hit the roof and said you got to be kidding me. he has a tendency to jail his opponents that have a legitimate shot of beating him. question is, is that enough? are the egyptian people going to say is that a slow exit? but if hosni mubarak p
president bush. originally pro president obama. he says no, i think that's a good idea to talk but so far there's been no movement yet. >> so we will keep an eye on that particular square and when there is movement and if they do indeed start to march on the palace we'll keep you posted. yesterday in the 78 eight page opinion, a u.s. district judge of northern florida ruled that the president's health care initiative is unconstitutional. you know that part that is called the -- >> this is gigantic. >> that is unconstitutional. the government, he says, can't tell you, you got to go out and you got to buy insurance or get fined. that's against the law, says roger. >> actually, he ended up saying because of that, the whole thing is unconstitutional. basicly in his ruling, he said you can't just parse out this one segment. you have to then rule that the entire law is unconstitutional. so what happens now? we've had two courts that ruled in favor of the obama administration. one in western virginia and one in michigan. and then you had two courts who say it's unconstitutional. one in eastern v
. >>> with most americans safely out of libya, new comments from president obama about libya abouts leader uammar. gun fire on a u.s. navy base reports navy guards have shot sailors. i'm harris hawker in. faulkner. we are live with fox reports tonight. >> what the libyan leader is doing now to his own people to clinch the power. his gun spreading the word. tonight, fox reports from inside libya with the latest developments. and at the border of a neighboring country dealing with an in flux of terrified people fleeing the violence. plus,. >> because of labor unions we had it. >> people filling the streets in cities across the u.s., showing solidarity with public workers, claiming unions are under attack by state budget cuts. tonight, we are live at the symbolic epicenter of the struggle. the state capitol in madison, wisconsin, where 12,000 public sector jobs hang in the balance. and shocking new video. showing a robbery in action. what the thugs took that brought this woman to risk her life to get it back. at this hour, president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton taking their hardest l
the nature or color how the branch operates. >> some of the progress of challenges to the obama health care plan -- the media has really played up that all of the judges who struck it down are republicans and all of the judges who upheld it are democrats. doesn't that create a public perception that politics does affect the outcome with judges? >> you mean the comments that people make? >> the comments that we read in the media. based on whether the judge is deciding the case were appointed by a democrat or a republican -- s the -- -- the judges deciding the case were appointed by a democrat or republican. among people say all kinds of foolish things -- >> people say all kinds of foolish things. i do not really care. unless it affects reality. this has not happened in california. it has not been politicized, as best i can tell. it has been quite collegial. federal judges often languished for years in the senate, awaiting confirmation. that process -- by the time it gets in the end -- they feel like they have some approval. it has not been the case. i have a number of colleagues who waited m
is this going to play back in washington entirely for president obama? >> number one, it shouldn't take anybody by surprise that, oh, gee, these are republican governors inventing crises so that they can go after labor unions. i mean, this has been kind of a grudge match between republicans for a long time. i think part of the way it plays back here though, there's a larger issue in terms of the abuse of power. you've got these governors basically saying, gee, in order to balance our budget, we have to take away your rights. and on some fundamental level, that just -- people don't like that. "usa today" had a great poll out today. i think ultimately, back here, we stand with labor. but also stand with working people. >> robert, i want to talk to you how much of this mess is created in part by the unions that are bargaining for the pensions and other benefits with states that simply cannot afford and wouldn't really they be put in this situation if the unions were then defeated. so explain to us how the states are coming back. karen is saying this is an old stalemate, so to speak. >> not only is
in many years. i think the obama administration needs to turn back the clock a little bit to look at the performance of the obama administration. there was a very, very stupid decision in the the obama administration made right off the bat to cut off steens civil society groups, assistance that had been started turned bush administration and that was a -- it was basically so that they could get the relationship back on track. there was a decision made. that ail yentsated a lot of -- alienated a lot of civil society groups. they felt that the obama administration, even though they were brought in a democratic process, was actually turning their backs on the civil society. there is a lot to make up for, i think with n the united states with the people of egypt. >> the problem i have with your prescription here is that mubarak has so effectively suppressed the political parties at the center of the secular center and allowed the muslim brotherhood to organize. they have an infrastructure. that secretary lar parties do not. you bring up the elections to three months from now then you'
. president obama will be speaking about the unrest in libya. earlier today, secretary clayton everything will be on the table." the news indicates that anti- government protesters have been taking control of some of the major cities and towns closer to the capital. the opponents of muammar gaddafi are saying they will liberate the force. he is reportedly roaming the streets. the u.s. making efforts to get american citizens out of libya as well. waiting for president obama who should be here shortly. live coverage here on c-span. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> good afternoon, everybody. secretary clinton and i just concluded a meeting to focus on ongoing situation in libya. over the last few days my national security team has been working around the clock to monitor the situation and to coordinate with our international partners about a way forward. first, we're doing everything we can to protect american citizens. it is my highest priority. in libya, we have urged our people to leave the country and the
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